Medical expense

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  1. My 16 year old son is confined to a wheelchair. Would the
    purchase of a wheelchair van be deductible as a medical
    expense?

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    Silent Warrior, Dec 22, 2003
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    Paul Guest

    "Silent Warrior" <> wrote

    > My 16 year old son is confined to a wheelchair. Would the
    > purchase of a wheelchair van be deductible as a medical
    > expense?


    Not the entire van cost, but the additional costs for the
    conversion to handicapped capabilities (ie: a chair lift).

    So if the van without the handicap accessories ells for
    $25,000 and it has $10,000 of handicap accessories, then
    only the $10,000 is considered a medical expense.

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  3. "Silent Warrior" <> writes:

    > My 16 year old son is confined to a wheelchair. Would the
    > purchase of a wheelchair van be deductible as a medical
    > expense?


    You can include in medical expenses the difference between
    the cost of a regular car and a car specially designed to
    hold a wheelchair.

    You cannot deduct the cost of operating a specially equipped
    car, except that:

    You can include in medical expenses amounts paid for
    transportation primarily for, and essential to, medical
    care.

    You can include out-of-pocket expenses, such as the cost of
    gas and oil, when you use a car for medical reasons. You
    cannot include depreciation, insurance, general repair, or
    maintenance expenses.

    If you do not want to use your actual expenses, for 2003 you
    can use a standard rate of 12 cents a mile for use of a car
    for medical reasons.

    You can also include parking fees and tolls. You can add
    these fees and tolls to your medical expenses whether you
    use actual expenses or use the standard mileage rate.

    Example.
    Bill Jones drove 2,800 miles for medical reasons during the
    year. He spent $200 for gas, $5 for oil, and $50 for tolls
    and parking. He wants to figure the amount he can include in
    medical expenses both ways to see which gives him the
    greater deduction.

    He figures the actual expenses first. He adds the $200 for
    gas, the $5 for oil, and the $50 for tolls and parking for a
    total of $255.

    He then figures the standard mileage amount. He multiplies
    the 2,800 miles by 12 cents a mile for a total of $336. He
    then adds the $50 tolls and parking for a total of $386.

    Bill includes the $386 of car expenses with his other
    medical expenses for the year because the $386 is more than
    the $255 he figured using actual expenses.

    Hope this helps 'n'

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  4. Silent Warrior <> wrote:

    > My 16 year old son is confined to a wheelchair. Would the
    > purchase of a wheelchair van be deductible as a medical
    > expense?


    Assuming he is your dependent for medical purposes, the
    additional cost of the special equipment, compared with the
    van without the equipment, is deductible on Schedule A Line
    1, along with your other medical expenses. See IRS
    Publication 502.

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    Art Kamlet ArtKamlet @ AOL.com Columbus OH K2PZH

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    Arthur Kamlet, Dec 24, 2003
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  5. Silent Warrior wrote:

    > My 16 year old son is confined to a wheelchair. Would the
    > purchase of a wheelchair van be deductible as a medical
    > expense?


    Yes. Of course, if he's a dependent, then YOU have to
    purchase the wheelchair for it to count.

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    Arthur L. Rubin, Dec 24, 2003
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    Beth Guest

    "Silent Warrior" <> wrote:

    > My 16 year old son is confined to a wheelchair. Would the
    > purchase of a wheelchair van be deductible as a medical
    > expense?


    My understanding is that to the extent that the
    modifications do not increase the value of the vehicle, the
    modifications would be deductible medical expense (subject
    to the restrictions of medical deductions) but not the basic
    cost of the van.

    Beth

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    Herb Smith Guest

    "Silent Warrior" <> wrote:

    > My 16 year old son is confined to a wheelchair. Would the
    > purchase of a wheelchair van be deductible as a medical
    > expense?


    Yes, to the extent that the purchase price is greater than a
    non-modified van. Maintenance of the van is also deductible.
    See IRS Pub 502 for details.

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  8. Arthur L. Rubin wrote:

    > Yes. Of course, if he's a dependent, then YOU have to
    > purchase the wheelchair for it to count.


    I misread the question. Please disregard my answer, and
    refer to the excellent answers of Arthur Kamlet, John
    Fisher, and Paul "taxman" Thomas.

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    Arthur L. Rubin, Dec 26, 2003
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